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Advances in Cardiology: Early Diagnosis of Coronary Heart Disease.

Weldon J. Walker, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):189. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190191060.
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This volume consists of reports presented at the Second International Symposium on Cardiovascular Disease, Sept 9-11, 1971. It is published as the eighth volume of Advances in Cardiology. The conference was arranged by the Paavo Nurmi Foundation and held in Finland, the nation with the world's highest death rate from ischemic heart disease. Reports were presented from six European countries as well as from Mexico and the United States. These reports emphasized that morbidity and mortality statistics cannot be applied from one population group to another. For example, in Sweden, only 25% of the mortality from coronary heart disease occurs in men less than age 67. In Finland and Anglo-Saxon countries, corresponding figures are more than 50%. However, in Sweden the average mean survival after a first infarction is five years, while in the United States it is twice as long. Within a relatively small country, marked geographic differences in


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